Silhouette Awards to be Announced March 1st

by | Feb 16, 2023 | News

Silhouette Awards to be Announced March 1st.

Following the astounding success of its first year, the Silhouette Awards is shining a light on emerging talents within the lighting industry for a second year running. The winners of the 22-23 awards will be announced during a virtual celebration on the 1st March at 3pm GMT, to celebrate the rising stars and discover the pairings of the 20 Silhouette Awards Mentees with their Mentors.

The Silhouette Awards is much more than an award, established to provide mentorship support to designers, celebrate the future talent of the lighting industry, and create a supportive platform for inspiration and growth.

The far-reaching popularity for the awards is demonstrated by the vast number of entries which were received from candidates located in 26 countries across the globe, making this programme truly international. The renowned judging panel have independently reviewed the entries to select a final line-up of the best of the industry’s emerging talent.

The 22-23 Mentors are an esteemed panel of senior influential lighting designers: Amardeep M. Dugar, Arianna Ghezzi, Barbara Horton, Claudia Paz, Diana Galic, Beata Denton, Fay Greenhalgh, Florence Lam, Gary Thornton, Kristina Allison, Maida Hot, Martin Klaasen, Michael Callanchini, Nikita Agrawal, Olga Tuzova, Paul Traynor, Siddharth Mathur, Volker von Kardorff, Waleed Fakousa, and Yah Li Toh.

Once the winners are announced, successful candidates will be paired with and individually supported by one of the programmes 20 mentors for the following six months and beyond as the young professional’s progress in their careers. With the support of the Silhouette Awards’ impressive array of sponsors and supporters, the winners will be rewarded with the opportunity to enhance their skillset, pursue their career ambitions and add real value to the creativity of the industry, raising the bar for talent around the world.

The entire Silhouette Awards team extends a huge thank you to this year’s Core Sponsors formalighting, GVA Lighting, LEDFlex Group and Vode Lighting, and to this year’s Light Sponsors DiGidot Technologies, LED Luks and Sylvania Lighting for their ongoing commitment and support to the programme, becoming leading brands investing in the future talent of the industry.

Eve Gaut, Silhouette Awards Co-Founder, Parrot PR & Marketing commented, “We are thrilled that, following the overwhelming success of the launch of the Silhouette Awards, we are returning for a second year of nurturing young talent. We are immensely grateful for the support of our Sponsors, and to our Mentors who have dedicated their time to not only judging the awards but taking the following six months to inspire their Mentees and help their careers flourish. The winning mentees will receive much-deserved recognition and publicity for their achievements, and we are honoured to have created this ongoing supportive platform.”

Katia Kolovea, Silhouette Awards Co-Founder, Archifos, added, “We are so excited to see what’s in store for our Mentees during this second year of the awards programme. Reflecting on the great success of the partnerships between our Mentors and Mentees from last year, the expectations are high! We want to say a huge thank you to our supporters, Sponsors, and Mentors, who have helped us to achieve for a second time this wonderful ambition to showcase the talent of the future. The Silhouette Awards are much more than an award, and we are proud to have created a programme which allows Mentors to nurture young talents, Sponsors to connect and support further those individuals, and for everyone involved to build deep and long-term business relationships and friendships. This is just the beginning!”

The Silhouette Awards has received widespread support from its supporters A1 Lighting, APDI, arc magazine, designing lighting, Designers Mind, International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD),, Institution of Lighting Professionals (ILP), Lighecture Magazine, LIT Lighting Design Awards, Lytei, Skills Army, Society of Light and Lighting (SLL), STIRworld, Virtual Lighting Design Community (VLDC), Workspace Design Show, Wavelength, and Women in Lighting.

This year we would like to spotlight our partnership with the global LIT Design Awards. We are proud to welcome the winners of the LIT Design Awards Student categories, Emerging Lighting Designer of the Year and Emerging Lighting Product Designer of the Year to join the Silhouette Awards Community. Congratulations to Owen Fernando Patia and Elsa Gil Benito, who will be mentored by our community mentors.

The whole international lighting community is invited to join the virtual event on the 1st March at 3pm GMT to celebrate this momentous occasion by registering here >

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